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When it comes to 19th-century French literature, few can compare to Victor Hugo. In 1831, Victor Hugo wrote one of the most memorial gothic stories of all time, Notre Dame de Paris, later changed to The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1833. It is said that Hugo's inspiration for writing this book was the cathedral itself. He worried that society was neglecting the old gothic buildings in favor of new buildings and wanted to bring attention to the structure. As a result of Hugo's concern, the world was treated to a fantastic gothic novel that would continue to be enjoyed for centuries.

This amazing story is set in medieval Paris and is centered on the famed Notre Dame cathedral as well as the three main characters: Esmeralda (the gypsy dancer); Quasimodo (the hunchback); and the priest, Claude Frollo.

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  • Barbara Kensington
  • 27-03-2018

A Truly Great Narration!

I love how Victor Hugo paints such a clear and vivid picture for his audience in this tragic love story that will definitely captivate any and all listeners, and will most likely have you in tears towards the ending. Hats off to the narrator for a SPECTACULAR job throughout the entire book, his reading style and accents were spot on.

Next on the list...Les Miserables!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2019

Great descriptions of Paris and its buildings

Great descriptions of Paris, its buildings and the characters. Worth the read for that alone

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  • Kenneth Stephens
  • 06-03-2019

A couple rough chapters but overall excellence

The narration was good and carried inflection and some changes in voice for different charaters.

There were some chapters I struggled with because they didn't pertain to the story itself but were interesting in their own right. The book kept me wanting to come back to finish it.

I dont speak french so some of the language in the book was a bit thick and I had to rewind to listen again for better understand.

I knew it was vastly different than Disney's creation going in but it was still interesting to think about where they got certain visuals, ideas, easter eggs, and about what they changed.

For me (who has lost a child) the parent child dynamic was heartbreaking and memorable. How ever my favorite part of the book was when the Hunchback saved Esmeralda and brought her to sanctuary.

Hugo did a great job showing many types of love (or what some perceive as love) through many different character relations. His descriptions throught the book flowed effortlessly painting vivid pictures of the scene at all times.

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  • Jana Sedivy
  • 15-02-2021

Terrible narrator

I couldn't listen to this narration. I don't think he has any idea what the text means - just randomly puts emphasis on parts when he feels it's been a while since he's raised his timbre. a few reviewers have mentioned that they couldn't figure out what was going on, and I think its because the narrator also didn't know.

listen to the version read by George Guidall instead. he makes the story come alive.

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  • Christopher
  • 17-06-2019

Tedious at points but well worth it.

Narrator was quite good... I did think perhaps the voice of Esmeralda could have been imbued with more dignity, but overall, was very well done.

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  • Ronnie
  • 19-03-2021

NOT A LIGHT READ

This is a great book, but don't take it lightly. this isn't the Disney movie you know and love put into literature. This is a heavy and dark tale that will make you really think about the characters you've come to love. In this, you will respect some enemies even when you watch their downfall, hate the love interests, and especially abhor the captain. Quasimodo is not by far the best character in the book which is no surprise to anyone but he is much darker and bigger then you think. Don't take this book lightly, it's a very long build up with many more storylines then you are aware of. It all accumulates into one large tragedy that is heartbreaking and does not fill you with warm and fuzzies. Listener beware

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  • Kathryn
  • 10-10-2019

Beautiful story with an excellent narrator.

Beautiful, tragic story. Read it once & then read it again. Truly timeless. The narrator of this audiobook did an excellent job.

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  • Drea
  • 15-10-2021

Men feeling entitled to women's bodies

First off, Philippe Duquenoy does a great job narrating this title. That being said, I've both read and listened to this title. I read it when I was about 14 and remember feeling entranced. So I decided to listen to it again, now in my late 30s. Unfortunately nostalgia isn't what it used to be. The entire story can be summed up as 4 men feeling entitled to Esmeralda's body and her being punished for it, and, oh architecture. Let's not forget she's 16 years old. I wish I hadn't revisited this one.

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  • TARA
  • 26-11-2020

I stopped at chapter five

I couldn’t get into the book. I tried for five chapters but could not follow any of it. Very disappointed.

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  • John L. Murphy
  • 02-10-2019

All turns out as expected

Philippe Duquenoy efficiently delivers nineteen hours of this tale well. He uses Isabelle Hapgood's old translation but this doesn't sound antiquated, but suits the tone of this 19c epic. I liked the poet best and his early fall into the lair of a feast of clever fools. But he soon fades for most of the tale. Thus designated villain the priest Claude Frollo gets a long but interesting backstory setting the course of an utterly predictable plot. We get Quasimodo and Esmeralda and Pheobus all interacting as well as a recluse hidden away with naturally a hidden past. There is a section on the streets and landmarks that takes over an hour or at least seems to....still, I respect Victor Hugo's efforts to remind his country's people of their architecture and heritage. Which is timely, after the fire of 2019 reminded me to finally encounter this novel on audio. It mostly kept some of my interest thanks to Hugo's evocation of the end of the medieval Catholic dominance over France, and the narrator's steady pace. He did not exaggerate the women's voices or camp up Quasi's, and remained respectfu! to the spirit of this moral lesson. And it got me ready for Les Miserables, three times longer, which I hope is a bit more surprising.

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